Finding it difficult to swallow at times, whether it be food or my own saliva is one of the many unpleasant but common symptoms of Parkinson's. I have found that I want to eat things I wouldn't have normally eaten. I used to hate yoghurt, but now have it every morning for breakfast, and never used to eat ice cream, but now can't get enough of it. I guess the cool cold consistency that just slides down easily, makes these foods that I once shunned, much more appetising. A good tip: when having difficulty swallowing, try sucking a boiled sweet (hard candy) which I find helps considerably. I now keep a tin of boiled sweets at home and in the car.
I have been writing poetry and stories since I was a child, and a love of reading was instilled in me from an early age. I am passionate about writing, and hope you enjoy the books I have written. Whilst most of you sleep soundly in your beds, like many Parkinson’s patients, insomnia dictates, so during those hours that sleep eludes me, the house is tranquil and quiet, an atmosphere perfect to immerse myself in writing. My life has been a series of strange events, which have without doubt contributed to my creativity. To publish anything is to bear one’s soul to the world. It is to stand naked and let everyone see who you really are. I have poured my heart and soul out on paper and I hope to share this journey, immersing you in a story, capturing your attention and firing the imagination. Through my writing and public speaking I hope to bring greater awareness to the general public about living with chronic disease.